I’ve wrung my hands about these Lakers a lot lately.
Luke Walton did not have his best year as a coach and showed flaws over the course of his 3 seasons in Los Angeles, but I’m sad to see him let go since I believe he is still a good coach (the Kings also seem to believe this).
Jeanie Buss, meanwhile, must look outward for ideas on how to move her organization forward rather than relying on an inner circle that likely helped get her here in the first place, but that seems less and less
Earlier today we told you that it was time for Jeanie Buss to start to look outside her inner circle in an attempt to gather information on how to move the Lakers forward in the wake of Magic Johnson’s resignation. Then, well, the Lakers and Luke Walton decided to “mutually part ways”.
So, this seems like a perfect chance for Jeanie to, you know, take the deliberate and patient approach to finding a new President (or, even, Vice President — like the title Jim Buss held) of Basketball Operat
Those wondering if Magic Johnson’s sudden and surprising resignation would offer Luke Walton a reprieve so he could remain on as Lakers head coach have gotten their answer. To quote myself, nah. The Lakers and Luke Walton have mutually agreed to part ways the team announced via a press release on Friday afternoon.
So, Luke is gone. I have mixed emotions.
I understand why this happened, of course. Over his three seasons Walton has a record of 98-148. And while his teams showed marked im
With the regular season past its sunset, organizations around the league are making decisions on what their tomorrows will look like. The Kings have fired their head coach. As have the Cavs. The Grizzlies took things one step further, not just canning their coach, but demoting their GM and moving another top level front office person into an advisory role.
While these organizations are taking action, however, the Lakers have had action taken against them. Magic Johnson’s resignation was a k
With Magic Johnson stunning the basketball world by stepping down as President of Basketball Operations Tuesday night, it was easy to speculate that more changes would be on their way. You simply do not have a shakeup in the leadership of your organization in that way without more fallout occurring. Well, it didn’t take long. Head Athletic Trainer Marco Nuñez has been let go, per ESPN’s Dave McMenamin :
the Lakers fired athletic trainer Marco Nuñez on Weds, sources told ESPN. Nuñez joined LAL
On November 18, 1981 Magic Johnson walked into the locker room, basically called an impromptu press conference, and asked to be traded. Growing ever more disgruntled with then coach Paul Westhead, Magic basically said “him or me” and shocked the basketball world just a little over a year removed from winning the NBA championship as a rookie, earning Finals MVP in the process.
Nearly 30 years later, on April 9, 2019 Magic Johnson walked into media availability before the Lakers final regular